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NMSU Women's Basketball Bounces Back With Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Four different Aggies scored at least 14 points and the New Mexico State women’s basketball team defeated Chicago State 80-56 in Western Athletic Conference play at the Pan American Center on Thursday night. NM State led the game for almost 38 minutes.

Tayelin Grays had a career night, scoring a career-high 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the floor in a season-high 27 minutes of action to lead the Aggies (8-14, 5-4 WAC). The sophomore from Dayton, Texas, sat out the first nine games of the season due to injury.

Graduate transfer Micayla Buckner also had a break-out game, dominating down low and scoring a season-high 14 points in just 15 minutes. Gia Pack and Aaliyah Prince each added 14 points while Pack recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Pack moved into sixth place on the NM State all-time scoring list with 1,663 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Opens 2020 With Big Win Over Nebraska

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies wasted no time flexing their muscles.

NM State kicked off the Troy Cox Classic in impressive fashion, smacking three home runs and exploding for six runs in the fourth inning to cruise to an 11-6 season-opening win against Nebraska.

The win over the Huskers is the Aggies' eighth against a Power Five opponent dating back to the 2018 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Western Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Nikki Butler got the party started in the bottom of the first inning. The senior catcher swung at the very first pitch of the season she saw, crushing the ball over the left-field tree line and into Presley Askew Field.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At GCU 60-49

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team fell 60-49 to Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon in a Western Athletic Conference matchup.

After the Lopes (11-8, 6-2 WAC) took a 6-4 lead, the Aggies (7-14, 4-4) went on a 10-2 run to take a 14-8 lead with 4:13 to play in the period. GCU then cut the lead to one but NM State finished the quarter strong and lead 18-15 after one. Soufia Inoussa scored seven points in the quarter.

The second quarter was back-and-forth with the Aggies unable to shake the Lopes. Then, right before the half, GCU banked in a desperation three at the halftime buzzer that cut the NM State lead to 31-30 and shifted the momentum. New Mexico State shot 46.4-percent from the field in the first half including 4-6 from deep.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs Grand Canyon 72-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It's a well-known fact that the last time Grand Canyon stepped foot inside the Pan Am Center, it took a miracle for New Mexico State to get by their biggest WAC rivals.

The only thing miraculous about the latest showdown between the Aggies and Lopes on the was the fact that the former only won by 20.

Johnny McCants submitted the first double-double of his career by finishing with 17 points on a perfect 7-of-7 night from the field and grabbing 12 rebounds, Jabari Rice put in a game-high 18, and the Aggies continued their all-time dominance over Grand Canyon by blasting the Lopes, 72-52, in front of the second-largest crowd to ever witness a men's basketball game inside the Pan Am Center.

At no point throughout the rout did the Lopes present any sort of threat and bolstered 13,960 of their most voracious backers, the WAC leaders pushed their winning streak to 11 games.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Survives Challenge From CSU Bakersfield, 61-57

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It's no secret that the NM State men's basketball team has made use of an exceptionally potent shooting touch to fuel its latest winning streak.

What hasn't exactly received as much press is the Aggies' defense - something that was as the center of them generating a 10th-consecutive win.

Clinging to a one-point lead with 1:35 to go, senior Shunn Buchanan came up with a game-changing steal on the defensive end to put the ball back in the Aggies hands, Ivan Aurrecoechea tied his career high with 23 points, Jabari Rice added 20 more and NM State survived for a gritty 61-57 victory over CSU Bakersfield Thursday night inside the Pan Am Center.

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 60-59 At CSU Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team fell 60-59 in a grinder at CSU Bakersfield on Thursday night in a defensive slugfest.

Both the Aggies (7-13, 4-3 WAC) and Runners (13-7, 5-2 WAC) both came out of the gates locked in defensively. Both teams shot 3-13 (23.1-percent) from the field in the quarter and the Aggies led 12-10 after one. NM State forced four turnovers in the quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same, as the two programs who hang their hats on defense continued to trade stops and force turnovers. However, NM State was able to stay in front and led 21-19 at the half. New Mexico State held the CSU Bakersfield to 30-percent shooting (6-20) in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lashira Tremble Named WAC Indoor Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Lashira Tremble is the Western Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for Jan. 20-26.

The native Peoria, Ariz., was in midseason form at last weekend's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque N.M., as she put her sprinting prowess on full display in the NM State track and field team's second meet of the year.

Tremble set new personal bests in the 60m dash and 200m race, coming across the line in 7.44 seconds and 24.80 seconds, respectively. Her performance in the 60m dash is the second fastest time in program history and ranks as the top time in the WAC this season.

Her effort in the 200m, meanwhile, is the WAC's second-best time this year.

The indoor season rolls on for Tremble and the Aggies in February. The squad returns to action at the UNM Collegiate Classic on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8.

Nikki Butler Selected WAC Preseason Softball Player Of The Year, Aggies Picked To Finish Third

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior catcher Nikki Butler was picked to repeat as Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, the WAC announced on Wednesday.

Butler is the only Aggie picked to the All-WAC preseason team after winning WAC Player of the Year a season ago. Last season, the La Habra, Calif., native batted .299 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage. During WAC play, she hit .386, slugged .632, hit six dingers and had an on-base percentage of .453.

For her career, Butler is hitting .340 with a .600 slugging percentage, a .421 on-base percentage and 114 RBI.

The league’s coaches also picked the Aggies to finish third in the league with 28 points. Last year’s champion Seattle U was picked to repeat with 53 points and five first-place votes while GCU was picked second with 30 points and two first-place votes.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Extends Series With Hawai'i

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies and Rainbow Warriors will clash twice in 2021.

NM State and Hawaii, already scheduled to meet on Sept. 25, 2021, at Aggie Memorial Stadium, will go head-to-head again on Oct. 23, 2021, inside Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The additional game will give NM State its third in-season, home-and-home series in four years. The Aggies took on Liberty twice during both the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.

NM State and Hawaii, the former Western Athletic Conference foes, also agreed to games in 2022, 2023 and 2024. The Aggies will host the Rainbow Warriors on Oct. 15, 2022, and Aug. 24, 2024, inside Aggie Memorial Stadium and make a trip to Honolulu for a Sept. 23, 2023, contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Staves Off UTRGV In 67-62 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - Dealt another dose of devastating news Wednesday morning when it was announced senior Trevelin Queen would miss four-to-six weeks while recovering from a lateral meniscus tear, the same old questions popped up regarding the New Mexico State men's basketball team.

How would they recover? What happens now? Is all hope lost?

Saturday night, the Aggies answered each and every one of those questions - and probably a few more - by doing the one thing they have done in league action on a more consistent basis than almost any other team in the nation over the past two-plus years.

They won.

Ivan Aurrecoechea could not be stopped on the block and the Spaniard finished with a game-high 19 points - including a pair of big-time free throws with 24 seconds to go - and the Aggies held off a late charge by UTRGV to earn a 67-62 triumph inside the UTRGV Fieldhouse.   Continue Reading This Post >>